And they called him…

In August we start back south from Scotland with our three Irish Rover RYA mile builders, the first leg will have several nights in port and it is just possible the skipper may be seen singing. The second mile building sailing leg has the ‘big crossing’and we may pop into the Isles of Scilly if conditions are right. There will be at least one night sail on this leg.

The third from Plymouth up to Lymington might go by way of Alderney or Cherbourg in which case we will definetly have at least one good meal out.

Ready, Steady, Go….

3 Peaks yacht race starts 1700 Saturday 9th June and you can follow our progress via and yellow brick link. Don’t worry if we seem to be doing 34kts through a Foresty Plantation the runners have to take the tracker with them up the Mountains.

After the race we have a mile building RYA course back to Troon plus more mile builder sailing trips later in the summer.

On the defence

On the 2nd June we have a RYA milebuilder trip down from Troon in Scotland to Barmouth ready for the 3 Peaks Yacht race . The trip down has been full for some time but still a couple of spaces left on the Mile building trip from Corpach (Fort William) back to Troon starting 15th June.

Picture taken 2nd week in June shows Jura which we will sail past in the race and the return trip.

Milebuilding sailing and fish

This is from the blog of a previous Round Briatin and Ireland RYA milebuilder sailing and was the first of several episodes of spontaneous fish giving.

People giving you fish are a bit like busses, the first gave us some Pollack and we gave him bags to carry the rest, the second gave us Cod, Mackerel and one Cod like fish. Fortunately assistance with consuming the fish arrived in the shape of Anthony who at the age of 79 was sailing his Westerly Centaur solo around Britain. I gathered this is without the aid of GPS, and whilst we did have one example of a small grounding he had made it through the Pentland Firth intact. He is moored behind us and we havenn’t seen him up yet which may be due to my attempt to recreate the parable of the loaves and fishes but using wine instead of bread. Fresh Mackerel for breakfast.

Caribbean 600 Race February 2019

We have just agreed the Caribbean 600 programme on Juno for next year. After our Scottish Mile builder sailing and RYA mile building courses out to St Kilda it will make a big change to be sailing 40 degrees further south but mid 20s in February and trade winds make a compelling case for this increasingly popular race. Details of the C600 on Spirit of Juno a classic Farr 65 on our main programme page.

Wild West

At the end of July we head west with St Kilda as our objective. This 2 week mile builder is the big one for the season. Will we get there? most likely as we have done it before and understand the need to pick a suitable weather window. The picture shows us at anchor at St Kilda last time and we went ashore to visit the preserved main street on this abandoned Island. We have 3 experienced sailors already signed up including one who has sailed to St Kilda with me before, so room for just 2 more on this RYA mile building sailing expedition. We will also visit several other Islands and spend time ashore on most of them before returning to troon near Glasgow airport.

Sailing in the Frozen North

Wild Spirit is up in Scotland after the milebuilder sailing trips. Picture is of us in Largs on 18th May at about 1900 and was followed by a glorious sunset. At the end of August we set off back south on more RYA mile building sailing trips. Before then we have a trip out to St Kilda plus a couple of other mile building trips.

Irish Rover revised

The revised format for the Mile building Irish Rover trips is now on the Programme page. The biggest RYA Mile builder is leg 2 which will be over 300 NM.

The first Mile builder is from Troon to Arklow and will have several stops plus the odd pint of Guinness. this should be avery sociable sail but if people wish we might have one night sail. Plenty of opportunity to develop YachtMaster skills.

More details of final Mile building leg in a month or so

Pic of Fastnet with Mel in front.

MOB in Largs

After the Dublin to Scotland Milebuilder we called into Largs to drop off a sail for repair. Lydia, one of our Volvo Round Ireland team was there and took the photo. What she missed was George falling in at our first attempt at berthing. An experienced sailor he was holding the shrouds and close enough to step on to the pontoon, Craig had already stepped through the gate. He was stood with his feet on the rail and wearing gardening wellies. As I saw it from the helm one foot appeared slow to leave the rail and subsequently I find that the slot in the wellies is a close fit on the width of the rail. The way he fell suggests to me that one welly ‘locked’ on to the rail. The lifejacket inflated correctly and Craig helped him on to the Pontoon. During Milebuilder sailing, lifejackets are compulsory as they are on RYA courses.